Archive | February, 2015

Sicilian Marinated Grilled Steak: Carne Arrustuta

The Sicilian name for this dish is Carne Arrustuta, which simply means roasted meat.  In the Italian language the dish is called Bistecca alla Griglia, or grilled steak. Whenever I have guests over for dinner, I try to plan a menu that involves dishes that are easy to make or can be prepared ahead of […]

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Easy Baked Caponata (Capunata)

Caponata is a Sicilian eggplant appetizer, but it can also be served as a side dish for fish.  It has a sweet and sour character.  The secret to making a successful caponata is to get the balance between the vinegar and sugar just right – not too vinegary, not too sweet.  There are hundreds of […]

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Ricotta Doughnuts: Sfinci di Ricotta

    Italians call them zeppole and Sicilians call them sfinci.  But no matter what you call them, these little fried doughnuts are delicious.  If you’ve ever been to an Italian street fair, zeppole is one of the most popular foods served.  Where I grew up – the most famous Italian street fair is the […]

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Orange, Black Olive, and Fennel Salad: Insalata di Aranci, Alivi Nivuri, é Finocchi

The ingredients of this salad seem an odd combination but it is the perfect marriage of sweet, salty, and crunchy.  This is one of my favorite salads.  There is a whole lot going on in one mouthful.  You have the sweet, fresh, acidic, citrusy taste of the oranges, contrasted by the earthy and salty flavor […]

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